Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Planning Authority
St Fergus
NK 10216 48302
410216, 848302

Removal Reason

Delist to remove dual designation (monument will remain scheduled) For RoH etc. see 300018469


Ruin comprising tower house with 2 courtyards, to W. and N.W.

TOWERHOUSE early 17th century, originally 4-storey rubble-built

with circular towers N.E. and S.E., stair turret on W. Blown up

1899, only stump remains; COURTYARDS:- 2-storey S. range of the

S. court and inner gate fairly complete but roofless, outer gate

of 1670 (see C. & D. Arch and Giles) removed; range between N.

& S. courts very ruined, E. wing of N. court overgrown; N.

building of N. court now cottage 2-storey 2-window harled and whitewashed, ground floor windows recently enlarged and roof now shingled.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument. Built by George 5th Earl Marischal (d.1623).

The works were continued Earl William Marischal (succ.1635,

d.1671). Confiscated 1745. Purchased by Fergusons of Pitfour

1764. Subsequently repaired and observatory added after 1795

by James Ferguson M.P. of Pitfour (d. 1820) but dismantled by

Admiral Ferguson prior to 1837. There are the remains of an

outbuilding of the castle in Castlebrae grounds.



O.S.A. v 15 p.134 main part in ruins, courtyards part granary

and part brewery N.S.A. v 12 p.195 3 S.A. p.302. C & D Arch v

II p.324-328.

Leith-Hay Castles of Aberdeenshire pp 87-99; Giles pl. XXXIII,

XXXIV and XXXV. All show the castle prior to the 1899 explosion.

See also National Library Tour in the East of Scotland by

James Bailey 1787 MSS 3294-5-1 sketch.

The wall with sculptured cope and the outer gate shown in the illustrations above have been removed.

About Listed Buildings

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